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Textra SMS for Android

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  • Date Added:
    Nov. 05, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone
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Editors' Review


Textra SMS offers more than 800 up-to-date emojis, animated GIFs, and a customizable layout. It utilizes Lollipop Material Design, including a Dark Mode and the ability to set custom colors for contacts, bubbles, and notifications. Version 2.15 adds new themes, bubble colors, and other customizations, and a battery drain issue has been fixed.


Customize Look: Tapping Customize Look in the Settings let us quickly change text size, activate Dark or Black Mode, choose colors, and more.

Quick Compose: The new Quick Compose feature let us send messages from the Notifications Drawer.

Mobile contacts only: A nifty option shows only mobile contacts when composing new messages.

Blacklist: Long-holding a conversation and selecting "Blacklist" adds threads to the Blacklist.


Newer devices only: Textra requires Android 4.0.3 or above.

Big: At 3.4MB, Textra isn't a lightweight. Despite improved battery use, it may not be the best choice for memory-challenged devices or those who keep multiple apps open.

Bottom Line

Textra SMS is good looking and a good performer that can easily replace the default SMS/MMS app in the latest Android devices. If you're not happy with your current texting app or just want a better user experience, Textra SMS belongs on your shortlist of new apps.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.48
  • NEW: Quick Compose a new text message from anywhere (via notification drawer), SEND and stay in the app you were in. See Textra, Settings, Quick Compose.
  • Improved MMS connectivity for Verizon.
  • Fixed 4.3 issues with tapping notifications on lock screen.
  • To assist with fault finding MMS issues, any sending failures now show the actual failure reason (reported by your mobile carrier) underneath the failed MMS bubble.
  • Bug fixes.
Publisher Delicious
Publisher web site
Release Date November 04, 2013
Date Added November 05, 2013
Version 1.48
Category Communications
Subcategory SMS Tools
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android/4.0
Additional Requirements Android 4.0
Download Information
File Size 1.22MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 979
Downloads Last Week 5
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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